Help! I Can’t Afford to Be Pregnant!

by | Sep 16, 2016 | Birth Parent Blog

bills_bills_bills.jpgQuestion: “I’m thinking about adoption for my baby. I just can’t afford to be pregnant, buy maternity clothes, and pay a doctor! How much does it cost to adopt out my baby?”

Answer: There’s absolutely no cost to you to create an adoption plan for your baby. You can receive free counseling, maternity clothes, food, and other items you might need. It’s also possible to get help with other adoption costs, including housing, pregnancy-related expenses, medical bills, and more. 

Lifetime will assist you in finding prenatal care (if you haven’t already). Any hospital bills that aren’t covered by your insurance or Medicaid will be paid for by the adoptive family you pick. We’re here to help you make a hospital plan that you’re satisfied with. As your due date gets closer, you’re able to choose how things will go in the hospital for delivery. Some of these choices include who can be at the hospital, whether you want your baby in the room with you, and how much the adoptive parents can participate in the birth. 

The adoptive parents you choose for your baby will pay the legal fees for the adoption. You’ll be provided with an experienced adoption lawyer; he or she can explain every step of the legal process, and make sure you understand your rights. The adoptive family for your baby will also travel to your town for the adoption, and can help with your living expenses like your rent, utilities and other bills. Lifetime help to make sure you’re able to get help with the living expenses for which you’re eligible. In open adoption, you can pick the amount of contact you’re comfortable during and after the adoption happens. 

Going through the adoption process can be emotional, so having someone to talk to about how you’re feeling is important. If you have a question you need answered or you just need someone to talk to, call Lifetime Adoption at 1-800-923-6784. Our phone line is open 24/7 for counseling, support, and info.
Heather Featherston
Written by Heather Featherston

As Vice President of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.

Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.

As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.

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